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Owen & Mzee

Owen & Mzee

Description: Based on the Owen and Mzee books by Isabella Hatkoff about the true story of an unusual relationship between Owen, a baby hippopotamus orphaned during a December storm in Kenya, and Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise. The bond between the two inseparable animals helps Owen recover from the traumatic ordeal he endured – the storm and the resulting separation from his mother. Never before has there been such a bond between a reptile and a mammal. The story continues on the website where students can explore and learn even more about Owen and Mzee and what makes their story so unique.  The beautiful pictures just add to the magic of the story and brings it to life.

Qualitative Analysis: Moderately Complex.  Explaining the differences between mammals and reptiles can get a bit complex, not to mention the idea of death, however, the website itself is easy to maneuver and is a fun way for students to interact with and watch videos of the real Owen and Mzee.

Content Area: Life Science

TEKS Standard: Science 1.10C, Science 2.10A


The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

First published August 12, 1971

Plot Description: The Lorax is a magical creature that speaks for the trees.  He appears one day to beg the Once-ler to cease his business of chopping down trees, for they are important.  The Once-ler does not listen to the Lorax, but instead continues to grow his business and chopping down Truffula Trees until they and all the wildlife are gone.  This is a great book to introduce children to the importance against pollution and keeping our earth healthy.

Quantitative Reading Level: 3.1

Qualitative Reading Analysis: Moderately to Very Complex due to the time jumping between the Once-ler telling the story and the story itself, as well as complex/original language create by Dr. Seuss that is not readily known and the underlying hidden concept of protecting the Earth that develops throughout the story.

Content Area: History/Social Science, Science

CC Content Area Standard: HSS 10.3, HSS 10.11, LS 3.3, LS 4.3, LS 6.5, ES 6.6

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